Types of Experts in a Personal Injury Case
The success of a personal injury case often hinges on the information and explanation provided by experts in several fields. When you are injured in an accident, you will need experts in various professions to support your claim as to how the accident happened, the injuries that you suffered and the financial losses that you incurred.
Expert witnesses play critical roles when litigating personal injury cases. An expert witness is allowed to testify at trial because of their established proficiency in a specific field that is related to the personal injury case.
An expert witness is different from a lay witness. A “lay” or “fact” witness is limited to testifying about what they saw, heard, said or did. On the other hand, an expert witness uses their knowledge, skill, experience, training and education to give an opinion about the causes and effects of a personal injury event or circumstance.
It is essential that the right experts be hired to help prove your case. Jed Dietrich, Esq. has been litigating serious personal injury cases in Buffalo and beyond for more than 20 years. Jed and his team have close contacts and vast experience with the best personal injury experts in Buffalo, New York and throughout the United States. Personal injury expert witnesses are typically categorized into:
- Consulting experts; and
- Testifying experts.
A consulting expert will advise and guide a lawyer on technical issues. This can aid lawyers in determining whether to settle a case or to push the case to trial. On the other hand, a testifying expert offers provides a detailed report and then provides testimony at trial.
Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his very experienced team at the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. are aggressive, tenacious and hardworking Buffalo, New York personal injury attorneys who frequently access and use world-renowned experts to attempt to obtain the best result for their clients after a serious personal injury in Buffalo, New York and beyond. Contact us today at 716-839-3939 so that we can start working for you. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week; there is never a fee unless we WIN for you.
A medical expert, who is usually one of your treating doctors, may testify about your injuries, the extent of the injuries and your treatment options. The medical expert will explain how the injury impacted you and whether it will continue to impact you. The expert may also discuss whether you may need long-term treatment or rehabilitation.
Accident Reconstruction Experts
With the help of models and computer programs, accident reconstruction experts may determine the cause of an accident. The expert may use scientific devices to determine the speed of the vehicles at the time of the accident, the force of the impact during the crash and even how a body may have been injured in the car, SUV, motorcycle or truck accident. Experts in accident reconstruction may also explain how an accident caused your injuries.
An economist may explain how the injuries you suffered have impacted you financially, thus far, and how they will continue to impact you in the future. For instance, an expert may assess your medical costs for past and future treatment and surgeries, and the past and future wages that you will lose because of your inability to work after an accident. An economist can also calculate the long-term cost of medical care and other economic consequences linked to your injuries.
Life Care Planner
A life care planner may explain an injured person’s disability status and how this will impact their future medical care expenses. A life care planner may also testify about the severity of an individual’s disability, their life expectancy and their quality of life.
Vocational Rehabilitation Experts
A vocational rehabilitation expert may testify about the type of work that a person could do before and after an accident. This can include information concerning physical and mental limitations that an injured person has that may limit their ability to perform certain types of work. A vocational rehabilitation expert may be instrumental in illustrating an injured person’s diminished earning capacity because of a serious injury.
Mental Health Experts
A mental health expert is necessary when seeking damages for emotional or psychological distress. This type of expert will be needed to testify as to how the accident has impacted you emotionally and mentally. The information given by a mental health expert may assist in proving pain and suffering, emotional distress and the loss of normal functions.
Highway Safety Experts
To have a better understanding of what happened during an accident, a highway safety expert or an independent engineer may be needed to testify about the road and the conditions that led to or contributed to the accident. This type of expert witness will be required typically in cases involving car, SUV and truck accidents.
A manufacturing expert may testify about an industry standard or how a particular product was defective or caused your injury. For instance, a manufacturing expert may testify as to how an automotive part in your vehicle may have failed and thereby caused the accident. This type of expert witness could be vital to prove that a defective product caused the personal injury accident that led to your incapacitation.
Having recovered over $150 million on behalf of his clients, Jed Dietrich, Esq. and his team of aggressive, tenacious and hardworking Buffalo, New York personal injury lawyers have vast experience that you need to help you obtain the best professional experts to testify on your behalf after a serious personal injury.
With the thorough preparation, analysis and personal attention that Jed and his team give to every case, you can expect that the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. to battle to attempt to obtain the best result for you. Call 716-839-3939 today for your free consultation. We are available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, and you will never pay anything until we WIN for you.
Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 716-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Buffalo, New York. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!